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Pla-Pla: Big Tilapia Fish

Pla-pla cooked, styled and photographed by Toyang Noresa


What is Pla-Pla?

It’s simply the name of a large tilapia fish!

Tilapia is the general term for nearly a hundred species of cichlid fishes that are native to Africa. It’s a very popular fish in the Philippines, particularly since it grows very fast in the hot climate. Tilapia farming is quite an industry in the country.

How to Cook Pla-Pla?

Various ways!

Fried (pinirito), grilled (inihaw), in coconut milk (sa gata), sweet and sour…

When fried or grilled, the flesh can be dipped in a mixture of calamansi and soy sauce for extra enjoyment. 🙂

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That looks like such a nutritious meal. Where’s the rice though?